There was a time (before I started this blog) when my ideal coffee was something like this. I would get a big ol’ bag, store my coffee in the freezer, remove it every morning and brew a pot of coffee with it.
One of the first things I “learned” when I stepped into the craft coffee wormhole, was it is never okay to store coffee in the freezer.
More recently, I’ve read several things that heartily support storing coffee beans in the freezer and some things that stick with the old no freezer rule of thumb.
Well. Which is it? Can I store my coffee in the freezer or is it a bad idea to store coffee in the freezer?
Here is what the experts say and of course (it’s my blog after all) my opinion on the matter.
Why You Should Not Store Your Coffee in the Freezer
According to a leading coffee freshness expert, Chahan Yeretzian (who boasts a PhD in chemistry and a pretty impressive resume), you should not be storing your coffee in the freezer.
Yeretzian reports that the coffee aging process is considerably slowed as you cool down the temperature. He also emphasizes that the small benefits you get from impeding the aging process are more than offset by the risk of structural damage to the coffee as well as the possibility of odor contamination and staling by condensation (warm air condenses on cold coffee beans creating moisture, the sworn enemy of coffee freshness).
Once again it is time to start thinking about the Christmas season and finding that perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for the coffee enthusiast on your list. While I have been neglecting my blog a bit as of late, I could not let the season pass without producing a gift guide. Here is the Brewing Coffee Manually Blog’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide:
Want more ideas? Here are the gift guides from previous years:
A Bag of Coffee and a Sweet Mug
Every year, there are more gadgets added to the craft coffee scene. Some are very clever, some are very useful and some disappear into the abundance of mediocre offerings (cruft) after the hype settles. If you are unsure about getting your recipient another gadget to store and learn it’s operation (some people enjoy this and some people like to keep it simple), a great bag of coffee and a cool mug have to be the go-to gift. Here are a few of my favorite coffee mugs that are available this year:
In full disclosure, the fine folks over at Minos Living sent me over a Minos Moka Pot free of charge to get my feedback and as a possible subject for a product review.
In the coffee business there are a few brewers that are long-standing classics, overwhelmingly dominate in their field, true icons. The Bialetti Stove Top Espresso maker stands out as one such icon, nearly untouchable and uncontested.
If you search Amazon for stove top espresso makers, you will see the Original Bialetti Moka Express at the top and then the rest of the page is mostly knock-offs sporting the same basic design. There is also the Bialetti Venus and all it’s knock-offs. It isn’t until you get to the fourth page (at least for me) that you come across something different, a uniquely designed, rounded (almost egg shaped) moka pot with a pop of color, the Minos Moka Pot.